TruthtellerGallup poll: 51% approve of gay marriageSat May 12, 2012 2:28pm188.8.131.52for those who thought otherwise:
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Poll: Majority approves of Obama's marriage decision
CNN's Kevin Liptak
(CNN) – When President Barack Obama made his first public endorsement of same-sex marriage Wednesday, the political implications were murky – while it clearly helped the president with his liberal base, it was unclear whether moderate supporters and African-Americans would respond positively.
On Friday, the first poll taken after his ABC News interview showed 51% of Americans approved of the decision, compared to 45% who disapproved. The results from the Gallup survey, which was taken May 10, closely mirror recent polling of Americans on the issue of marriage equality.
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In a Gallup survey taken May 3-6, 50% of respondents said marriages between same-sex couples should be recognized as legal, compared to 48% who said they should not.
Friday's results fell mostly along party lines – Democrats overwhelming approved of the announcement, while Republicans largely disapproved. Independents were split: 53% approved of Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage, compared to 44% of independents who disapproved.
The poll also questioned Americans on whether they were more or less likely to vote for Obama based on the decision, though respondents were not asked whether they were previously leaning toward the president or his Republican rival Mitt Romney.
Forty percent of Americans said the decision will sway their vote in November. The survey indicated 26% of Americans were less likely to vote for the president because of the decision, and 13% were more likely to cast votes for Obama following his announcement.
Among Americans who identified themselves as independents, 23% said they were less likely to vote for Obama after he supported same-sex marriage, and 11% said they were more likely to cast ballots for the incumbent Democrat in November.
Sixty percent of Americans polled were unchanged in their support of the president after he publicly backed same-sex marriage.
- What I find interesting.... Sprout, Mon May 14 10:53amThat not long ago, when the polls showed that the majority of American people did NOT approve of gay marriage, those supporting it said that we should IGNORE polls... Now, a poll that says a slight... more
- Freedom comes from the recognition of certain rights ... Ken C, Sat May 12 11:24pm"Democracy is not freedom. Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch. Freedom comes from the recognition of certain rights which may not be taken, not even by a 99% vote."... more
- Good find! wondering, Sun May 13 6:59pmAnd one that should be remembered. Our "freedom" in this country is based on "inalienable" individual rights... of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Those rights are not subject to a... more
- Nor ... OldCM, Mon May 14 7:13am... to a Republican vote. Although one wouldn't know that seeing the crap their state legislatures are passing into law. :(
- 75% of Mountainbikers think Gay marriage should be legal Ken C, Sat May 12 11:10pmI tried to do a Gay marriage poll on my favorite bicycle forum. My post got closed after a few days for being too political. These were the results before it was closed: I'm involved in a Gay... more
- It is sad that it turns in to a political football. Διός, Sat May 12 11:08pmTying the knot has been a normal thing throughout human history and no gender combination was excluded. Διός
- Perhaps its time that Americans grow up Trish, Sat May 12 3:32pmand put on their "big people" panties. I'm so sick of this posturing. Politicians should donate at least 1/2 of their campaign funds to pay down US debt and support -- eek education or health care.... more
- It isn't only the Americans over here it is the same. Διός, Sat May 12 11:13pmShame on those that try to discriminate other people. How that flies in the face of the teachings of their Christ!! Διός
- Plus it used to be a Christian rite Christopher Blackwell , Sat May 12 6:30pmTrish, It is in Christian records and documentation.
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